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Tonks - Confused
Posted on Friday 9 May 2008 at 4:35 pm

Retraining day 1

I'm doing my retraining for my summer teaching job this weekend. For those of you new to these parts, this will be my third summer working for the Institute of Reading Development. I drive around the area all summer teaching reading classes of all levels, literally. The Institute has classes on the letter M makes the /m/ sound you hear in monkey for four and five year olds and classes on speed reading and study skills for college students and adult professionals and everything in between. It is, overall, a good job. It pays well and I mostly have fun.

One of the good and bad things about the Institute is that the curriculum is the exact same in every classroom across the nation. I'm given lesson plans that are basically scripts of what to say every second I'm in the classroom and I'm not supposed to deviate from those. This weekend, I'm learning about all the curriculum changes made since last summer (I'm really excited about all the changes made in the pre-K through second grade classes which is what we've done today) and the training is as hyper-scheduled as the classroom. The training basically consists of blocked out segments in which I'm supposed to read certain materials or watch certain DVDs of teachers in the classroom that they've sent me interspersed with online quizzes and phone conferences with a trainer and other returning teacher trainees to make sure I'm comprehending everything.

Fortunately for me I'm a pretty smart cookie and a fast reader so I'm done with everything I'm supposed to do today up through the final phone conference of the day which isn't for another two hours. Unfortunately for me, there's that minor technicality that I was supposed to have read most of Fellowship of the Ring already because we're using it in the high school classes this summer and discussing it on Sunday. I'm on page 72 and I have to get to page 251. I know how I'm spending my two "free" hours.

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